Collected Stories of William Faulkner Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What part of the father's body in "The Tall Men" has been injured in the war?

2. Although she is beautiful, which of the following adjectives best describes Herman Basket's sister?

3. What crop does the family in "The Tall Men" grow?

4. When Res Grier is waiting for his friend to return from fox hunting, how late is he when he finally arrives at work?

5. What do the townsfolk find lying on the pillow next to Homer Barron's corpse?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do the Indians come to the president's office seeking advice in the story "Lo"?

2. What rumor spreads through town about Minnie Cooper, and how do the townsfolk react in the story "Dry September"?

3. Why does Res Grier offer a hound dog to two of his co-workers?

4. What happens to Lucius Provine when he travels to the Indian reservation?

5. How does Lucius Provine treat the black people in his neighborhood when he is a child?

6. How is Sarty involved in his father's death?

7. In the story "Lo," why is the president uncomfortable with the Native Americans who come to him for advice?

8. Why is Res Grier accused of arson?

9. Why do the Jefferson townsfolk pity Emily Grierson after her father dies?

10. What mysterious events began to occur once Doom arrives back at his Indian tribe?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Red Leaves" is the first story in the collection to deal with the issue of slavery from the Native American point of view. First, explain how the Native Americans in this story treat their slaves. Then, compare/contrast this treatment to the way the white men in Faulkner's collection treat their slaves. Why is "Red Leaves" an important story within this collection?

Essay Topic 2

"Lo" is the only story that deals with a real, historical character in its depiction of an American president. First, describe the way the president was portrayed in this story. Then compare/contrast our country's leader to the Indian tribe leader in the story. To which group does Faulkner's historical sympathy seem to lie? How can you tell?

Essay Topic 3

"Turnabout" directly addresses the idea of prejudice in the Army during wartime. First, describe how the soldiers in this story felt about one another before spending a day in the other's shoes. Then describe the events that led up to the two soldiers experiencing a day in the other's life. Finally, describe what the soldiers realized was the same about them by the end of the story. What was still different?

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